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Fashionable Shoes
That don't irritate ugly bunions
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Date: 5/27/11 9:18 AM

I'm laughing. Here are the steps to plan a trip for me and my sisters.

Step one:
Coordinate flights origination from 3 different cities

Step two:
Lodging

Step three:
Where on Earth will we find shoes to fit our ugly feet??

I have the easiest foot to fit since I only have the bunions and my sisters have numerous other foot issues. I spent a tired evening last night online getting some ideas. I am unwilling, at present, to spend more than $150.

Here's my criteria:
1)I'd rather not look like I recently left the convent (I went to Catholic elementary school and you never lose the vision of chunky nun shoes)
2)No "comfort shoes" please.
3)Something a bit feminine would be nice. Not bows and ruffles but not Vin Diesel either.
4)Just a slight heel, not completely flat. I don't even mind a jazzed-up sneaker-type shoe.
5)Not too clunky. I wore some Keen Mary Janes on my last trip and they were OK but they sort of resemble gun boats.
6)Lastly, and most important, NO PAIN, NO "BREAKING-IN PERIOD" Really, "breaking-in" is probably half the reason my feet look like they do.

Shoes that I know don't work for me are:
Clark's
Born
Dansko

I'm working on my courage to go shoe shopping today. I await your suggestions.

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Barb
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Date: 5/27/11 9:33 AM

well, I am hesitant to jump in with both feet (hahaahaaaa) but here is a site which may help
shoes which might fit

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Date: 5/27/11 9:41 AM

Have you tried Sofft shoes?

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Date: 5/27/11 10:08 AM

I have some Keens I adore, some Privos that were perfect from the first moment I put them on and more. I buy them at Winners (TJMaxx) so they are all under $50.

I think you have to be a little careful about dismissing a whole brand of shoes at once because different lines fit differently. For me it is all about where the seams are. If the seam hits mid-bunion, forget it! And even the Keens, though they have the same footbed, are completely different from each other. One pair is very firm and supportive while the other is soft and squishy yet also supportive.

Some other brands that work for me are Hush Puppies (not the ones we grew up with - very pretty!) Aerosoles (a small wedge heel, peep toe and ridiculously comfy!) Dockers, and never forget the power of Birkenstocks. They may not be what you want to wear while you are out and about, but very restorative around the house. I use one pair as slippers.

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Date: 5/27/11 10:24 AM

I know you said "fashionable" so this probably isn't what you have in mind.
Nike makes a running shoe called Vomero that has "bump-outs " on both sides of the forefoot. They lay flat unless pushed on by the bunion. They might be nice for casual wear.

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Date: 5/27/11 11:02 AM

What size are you?
I have a double e foot ( maybe wider), any good leather shoe in a WW is usually comfortable.

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Date: 5/27/11 11:46 AM

I read this blog about comfortable and hopefully flattering shoes. They had a specific post on shoes for bunions recently.
Barking Dog Shoes

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Date: 5/27/11 11:48 AM

If you can't find shoes in the stores, I recommend Zappos. Since they have free shipping both ways you can order more than one pair, and return those that don't work for you.

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Date: 5/27/11 2:43 PM

I have difficult feet, wide, flat, and generally painful, and Wolky shoes, a Dutch line, consistently fit me out of the box. No break-in period ever, not in twelve years of wearing various models.

These are one of the two brands I wear in Europe, dealing with cobblestones all the way!

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Date: 5/27/11 3:06 PM

These are my favorite comfy shoes, although I don't have bunions/other foot issues.


And I can't believe I'm actually going to say this, but Crocs have a bunch of really cute ballet flats that aren't that flat.

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